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COVID Closure: Due to current local Covid-19 conditions, the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building will remain closed to the public through Saturday October 17, 2020. Watch this space for updates.
Holiday Closure: Alaska Day:
Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum in Juneau will be closed on Monday, Oct. 19.
Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program.
Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support reading. These programs help to mitigate the phenomenon known as the "summer slide" or summer learning loss.
The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program. At the conclusion of the summer reading program, participating libraries complete and submit a summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from evaluations help the Alaska State Library plan meet federal grant requirements.
Registration for the 2021 Statewide Summer Reading Program is now open. Deadline to apply: November 10, 2020.
As most libraries are planning to continue offering virtual library programming into the foreseeable future, this directory may be useful to Youth Services Librarians who are developing virtual library programs that include reading aloud books. Please note that Macmillan Publishing has extended their online content use through August 31st and Sourcebooks has extended their online content use through 12/31/2020.
Libraries throughout Alaska have begun partnering with the Summer Food Service Program as a way to improve services for underserved children and low-income families. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas, or pockets of poverty during the summer months when school is not in session. Below are some helpful resources to get you started:
The Project Outcome toolkit provides libraries with FREE access to quick and simple patron surveys, an easy-to-use Survey Portal to collect their outcomes, ready-made reports and visually interactive Data Dashboards for analyzing the data, and various resources to help move libraries from implementing surveys to taking action using the results.
The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net)